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Tuchel looking for Chelsea to ‘forget success’, restart with same determination

Super Cup ahoy!

Chelsea Training Session Photo by Darren Walsh/Chelsea FC via Getty Images

The new season is just around the corner — this weekend in fact — and the greatest test of Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea is about to begin as well. Last year’s success was means that expectations and pressures are higher. Winning the Champions League is certainly not a bad place to begin, but that achievement is now in the museum, and everyone starts at zero once again.

And that’s where we have to start as well, not just in the table, but in terms of the mindset and approach as well.

“The challenge now is to forget it, to forget success. What we demand from our team, what we demand from ourselves, [is] to restart, to look forward, to not drop 1% of the determination and hunger. It’s the past, and the focus is on the future.”

-Thomas Tuchel; source: UEFA

Tuchel has placed a great emphasis on “attitude”, which will hopefully create the winning mentality this squad needs for sustained, long-term success. The only thing harder than winning something once is winning something again.

“We want to win, we want to compete and of course we want to be successful. This is in Chelsea’s nature and of course we are up for the challenge. We will try to compete for every title in every competition we enter but I also think it will be a huge step forward if we can maintain the same quality, attitude and effort that we showed last season.

“It will be more difficult this season because we are the Champions League winners and teams will want to beat us. It will be demanding but we are up for the challenge and the goals will come by taking care of the process.”

-Thomas Tuchel; source: Chelsea FC

First up, the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday, which we’ve lost the last three times we’ve been in it.

“I have huge respect for Villarreal, I have huge respect for Unai Emery. [...] I think they will approach this game [feeling that] they have nothing to lose.

“But what nicer thing than to start the season with a European final. We will take it very, very seriously and do as best we can to take the next trophy home.”

-Thomas Tuchel; source: UEFA

Let’s go!